David DeCastro Tears MCL, Not His ACL, Injures Patella

IF reports by ESPN’s Adam Schefter are correct, Steelers Nation got a bit of good news about first round draft pick David DeCastro. Six plays into the Steelers preseason victory over the Bills, DeCastro injured his knee, which Mike Tomlin described as “potentially severe.”

Earlier in the day Schefter reported that DeCastro had injured his MCL but that an MRI would determine if he’d suffered a dreaded ACL tear.

Schefter is now reporting that DeCastro did not suffer an ACL tear. However, he also informs that DeCastro’s patella tendon was injured and his knee cap dislocated.

Its unknown what that Steelers will do.

Lingering injuries to James Harrison and Jason Worilds, in addition to the unavailability of Rashard Mendenhall put the Steelers in a complicated spot regarding injuries. Gerry Dulac reported via Twitter that the Steelers might be forced to open the season with only two quarterbacks on the roster.

MCL injuries are not necessarily season-ending — Stevenson Sylverster injured his MCL an is expected to return — a few weeks into the season, but the Steelers are pressed for roster space.
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